Monday, May 5, 2008

Peony - Bee Vision

It is spring - finally - here and the Peonies explode their colors into the strong sun of spring. I wondered how bees would see that and took some shots today. To my surprise a creamy, otherwise all white Peony shows an UV pattern I haven't noticed before.

The outer petals reflect UV much stronger than the inside, thus creating some "landing spot" for their pollinators.

The synthesized bee vison version of that looks like that:

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site